The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 5, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, December 5, 2013

Wesley Monroe Adams Jr.

Wesley Monroe Adams Jr., 69, of Coal City, peacefully left this world December 3, 2013.

Wesley was born March 18, 1944 to the late Wesley Monroe, Sr. and Arzula Bays Adams. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Houck and Reva Basham; two nephews, Buddy and Bimbo Houck and one niece, Teresa Blankenship.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Louise Blankenship Adams; three children and 11 grandchildren: Tammy Burton and her daughter Kelsey, who he helped raise, of Coal City, Kevin and his wife Jenifer and their six children, Noah, Hannah, Sara, Sam, Noelle and Jesse of Coal City, Nathan and his wife Karen and their four children Hannah, Gracie, Natalie and Nate of Shady Spring; special nephew, Luke Houck of Mabscott; four brothers, Clyde Adams, Dempsey Adams and his wife Donna of Epperly Hill, Ernest Adams and his wife Norene of Coal City and Willie Dean of Fayette County; sister, Patricia Fink and her husband Gary of Kodak, Tenn. and a host of nieces and nephews.

Wesley enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, fishing, camping and sports. He was the assistant softball coach at Woodrow Wilson High School for many years. He also coached Little League baseball, girls softball and midget league football. Wesley was a 1962 graduate of Stoco High School.

A committal service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens where burial will follow. Friends may visit with the family on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Calfee Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Luke Houck, Wayne Houck, Steve Adams, Kent Adams, Robert Phillips and Mark Grim. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Kimberly Ballard and Dr. Amy Brown of Access Health in Daniels and the staff at the Bowers Hospice House in Prosperity.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh. com

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Patricia L. Ashworth

CHARLESTON — Patricia L. Ashworth, 87, of Charleston, formerly of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Randy Adkins officiating.  Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum in Beckley.

Friends will may visit with the family at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday and also one hour prior to the services on Saturday.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry. net

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Lewis G. Bibb

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Lewis G. Bibb, 93, of Pickerington, formerly of Garten and Parkersburg, died Thursday, November 28 at Mount Carmel East Hospital, Columbus, Ohio  after a brief illness.

He was born November 9, 1920 to the late Julian and Lucille Bibb of Louise, Va.

Lewis was educated in the Fayette County School system in WV and was a graduate of DuBois High School, Mt. Hope. He was a World War II Veteran of the U.S. Army. After working in manufacturing, construction and the coal mines of WV, he moved his family to Parkersburg and retired from Kaiser Aluminum.

Lewis joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Garten, at an early age and later became an active member and tither at Zion Baptist Church, Parkersburg, where he assisted in the construction of a new church and served on the Deacon Board. In 2007, he relocated to Pickerington, Ohio.

Lewis was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Tarsie Mosley Bibb; brothers Jesse, Everett, Mason and Preston and sister Elsie; six sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law and grandson, Frederick LaMar Kanney.

Lewis leaves to cherish his memory, his daughter, Linda (Frederick) Kanney, granddaughter, Francine Matteson; grandson, Cameron (Johncie) Kanney; great-grandchildren, Allante Miller, Bria Kanney, Maya Matteson, C.J., and Jace Kanney; sister-in-law, Marian Bibb of Willingboro, NJ; brothers-in-law, Winston “Pete” Mosley of Camden, NJ, Cordia (Pat) Mosley of Quakertown, Pa. and other loved relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Diehl-Whittaker Funeral Home Chapel, 720 E. Long St., Columbus, Ohio. Interment with military honors will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Columbus. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Submitted by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Bernard G. Blake

FAYETTEVILLE — Bernard G. Blake, 66, of Oak Hill, died on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, W.Va.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Hazel Bowers

SEIVERVILLE, Tenn. — Hazel Bowers, 95, of Sevierville, formerly of Reynolds Avenue, Princeton, passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Morristown, Tenn.

Born April 24, 1918, in Konnarock, Va., she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Allie Sturgill Huffman.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Alonzo Bowers and she was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She will be lovingly remembered by her three children; Darlene Blankenship and  husband Stanley of Bulls Gap, Tenn., Carol Harman of Sevierville and Ronald L. Bowers and wife Frances of Broad Run, Va. Her four grandchildren, Billy Harman and Michael Harman; Ronald A. Bowers and Travis L. Bowers along with three great grandchildren.

Services to celebrate Hazel’s life will be held 1 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2013 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton. Burial will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Friends may visit with the family Friday from 12:15 p.m. until the service hour at the funeral home.

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Hazel’s family will serve as pallbearers.

The Bowers family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

Virgil Alanda Bradshaw

Virgil Alanda Bradshaw, 89, of Beckley, died Saturday, November 30, 2013.

Born February 4, 1924 in Slab Fork, W.Va., he was the son of the late Charles Edward and Mamie Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Bradshaw.

Mr. Bradshaw was a WWII Navy veteran, retiring in 1970 as a Chief Petty Officer. He then became a journeyman carpenter, being a leader he was able to secure jobs for a countless number of young men and women, retiring in 1986.

He was a member of St. Matthew AME Church, Beckley for more than 70 years. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans Association, Fleet Reserve Association, Carpenters Local 1911, Black Navy Sailors of Great Lakes, Masonic Lodge #25 and was a lifetime member of the NAACP.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Merchant; three brothers and seven sisters.

Left to cherish precious memories are his children, Victoria Bradshaw of Beckley, Marsha Berger of Huntsville, Ala., Gary Bradshaw of Savannah, Ga., Eric Bradshaw of Beckley and Barry Bradshaw of Atlanta, Ga.; sister, Thelma  Cosby of Beckley and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 2013 at St. Matthew AME, 103 Mills Ave, Beckley,  with Rev. Debra Smoot officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Frankie Dale Collins

MILL CREEK — Frankie Dale Collins, 45, of Mill Creek, passed away Friday, November 29, 2013 following a sudden illness

Born November 17, 1968 in McDowell County, he was the son of John R. Edwards of Turkey Creek and the late Louise Trent Edwards

Frankie attended the Mill Creek Freewill Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, being outdoors, working on vehicles, four wheeler riding, and being with his family and friends. Anyone who knew Frankie Dale, knew he was a dependable friend and would do anything for anybody that he could.

In addition to her mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents Bee and Louise Collins, Leonard and  Pearl Trent and Robert and Eva Edwards. He was also preceded in death by two special cousins Jeffrey Browning and Thomas Trent.

Survivors include his wife, Heather Steele Collins of the residence; four  sons, Christopher, Jeffrey, Frankie and James; two daughters, Patricia and Jessica; three sisters, Eva Leonard and her husband, Michael, Trina Killingsworth and her husband, Frank, Tina Martin and her husband, David; three half brothers, Tommy, Timmy and Danny; a half sister, Cindy and a special uncle and best friend, David Steele. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends

A celebration of Frankie’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Mill Creek Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne Bailey and Rev. Andy Ratliff officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. In keeping with Frankie’s wishes, he will be cremated.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Collins family.

Margaret Sue Honaker Collins

Margaret Sue Honaker Collins, 75, of Glen Daniel, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

Born May 23, 1938 in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Juanita Honaker.

Margaret enjoyed spending time outdoors.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years Amos Collins, and her brother James Honaker.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Angela Tate and Husband John; son Kevin Collins and wife Tina; grandson Brandon Tate; sisters Rita Whitehair and Mary Birchfield; brothers David Honaker and Michael Honaker.

Services to celebrate the life of Margaret Sue Honaker Collins will be held at 1 p.m.  Friday, December 6, 2013 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Beckley, with Rev. William “Butch” LeGrand officiating.

Friends may gather with the family from 12 noon until the time of the service Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Blue Ridge Funeral Home 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive Beckley, will be serving the Collins family.

Margaret J. Deeds

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Margaret J. Deeds, 86 of Williamsburg, formerly of Summers County, died Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Va.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Sammy Eugene  Forinash

Sammy Eugene Forinash, age 68, of Glade Springs, Daniels, WV, went home to be with the Lord at his home on Saturday, November 30, 2013.

Born on August 18, 1945, in Beaver, WV, he was the son of the late Lyle Ward Forinash and Marie Lucas Forinash.

Mr. Forinash was the owner and operator of Flow Technologies in Daniels, WV. He was a graduate of Shady Spring High School and attended Virginia Tech for a degree in engineering. He served on the Mine Safety Board of Directors. Mr. Forinash had taught Karate at YMCA in Beckley, and also assisted with the Kids Basketball Training at the YMCA.

Mr. Forinash attended the Daniels Missionary Baptist Church on C&O Dam Road in Daniels.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Sonny Edward Harrah Jr.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife of 39 years, Vicki Steele Forinash.

Two sons, Samuel Ryan Forinash and his wife Nicole Ashley, and two granddaughters Grace Ann and Eden Isla of Wilmington, NC, Aaron Nolan Forinash and his fiancée Lealani Ai of Matthews, NC.

A brother, Johnnie Ward Forinash and his wife Melissa of Daniels, WV, and their children, Johnnie Jr. of Beckley, Jeffrey and his wife Dana of New Jersey, and Annette and her husband Todd Skaggs and children of Charlotte, NC.

Three sisters, Linda Sue Johnson and her children of Daniels, Todd and his wife Amber of Shady Spring, Lisa and her husband Robert Thompson and children of Daniels, and Sonya and her husband Allen Forren and children of Shady Spring; Kathy Lewis and her husband Kenny of Beckley and their son Kenny Lewis Jr., Betty Jane Harrah of Daniels, and her daughter Crystal Calvert and her husband Gregory and children of Daniels.

A memorial service will be conducted to Celebrate the Life of Sammy Forinash on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 4 p.m. at the Daniels Missionary Baptist Church, 152 C&O Dam Road, Daniels, WV, with Pastor Jack Thomas and Rev. Howard Wilburn from North Carolina officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services on Thursday at the church. In memory of Mr. Forinash, in lieu of flowers, please bring to the church a canned food item for the needy. Sammy always wanted to help others, and during this holiday season a food drive would have pleased him very much.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry. net.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring, WV.

Joseph Lawrence Gallagher

Joseph Lawrence Gallagher, 54, beloved son and brother, of Flat Top Lake, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2013.

Born April 17, 1959 in Beckley, he was the son of Doris Alma Martin Gallagher of Flat Top Lake and the late Vincent O’Connell Gallagher.

Joseph was formerly employed by the Cotter Corporation at Schwartzwalder Mine in Golden, Colo. He also worked for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Beckley and Excel Home Builders. Joseph was a  member of the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Beckley. He enjoyed playing guitar, fishing, and riding Harley Davidson motorcycles.

In addition to his mother he is survived by brothers, Vincent Gallagher of Beckley, Michael Gallagher and wife Nancy of Barboursville, W.Va.; sisters, Rita Gallagher of Scott Depot, W.Va., Martha Baker and husband Wayne of Beckley; nieces and nephews, Andrew, Daniel, Thomas, Antonio, Mandy, Phillip, Anne, Adell; great nieces and nephews, Michael, Violet, Caleb, Hattie; his best friend, a golden retriever named Sadie and numerous friends.

A funeral liturgy will be recited at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 5, 2013 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Monsignor Samuel Sacus officiating. A rite of committal will follow in Sunset Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Jones, Daniel Jones, Thomas Jones, Antonio Jones, Phillip Baker and Larry Lilly.

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Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148 or to a charity of choice.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Steve Hardy

MULLENS — Steve Hardy, 47, of Mullens, passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel, Mullens.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services Sunday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Bettina Virginia Breeden King

Bettina Virginia Breeden (Snootie, Toonie) King went to be with the Lord suddenly at 9:14 p.m. Saturday, November 30, 2013. She was born on March 29, 1927, at home in Glen Hedrick, now Beaver, WV. She was the youngest of 7 children born to the late Joseph Henry Breeden and Roxie Allie Narcissus Chissum Pack Breeden.

She was a 1944 graduate of Shady Spring High School and attended Beckley College.

She married the late Joseph Ellis King, Sr., of Lyman, MS, on February 8, 1952, in Daniels, WV. They met at the Beckley Veterans Administration Hospital where they both worked and she was one the first employees hired.

Her two children survive her. Her son, Joseph Ellis King, Jr., and his wife Martha of Houston, TX, and her daughter, April Dianne King of Daniels, with whom she made her home; one grandson, John and his wife Susanne, and 2 great-grandsons, Carsten and Christian, and by her beloved dogs Daisy and Bandit along with her service dog Cessna.

She worked most of her life as a legal and medical secretary and lived with her family in New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas before again making West Virginia home for the last 30 years.

She was an avid horsewoman, dog and cat lover and loved the outdoors and traveling to 48 of the 50 states and Canada in her RV. She loved working and playing on the computer and blogging with friends.

She was preceded to heaven by her parents and 3 sisters, Cora Mae Breeden Pettry, Fay Olivia Breeden Meador, Gaye Breeden Lewis, and by her 3 brothers, Henry Myrl Breeden, James Breeden and Jack Charles Breeden, Sr.

She is also survived by nieces and nephews, Freda Krise, Margaret Pettry, Peggy Turner, Martha Butts, Bobby Pettry, Lois Covey, Dotty Gaye Kantor, Mary Lee Cromer, Ginger Smith, Jimmy Breeden and Karen McLeod, along with many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give a special thanks to  Rhonda’s Pharmacy and the most caring Dr. Todd Bramlee.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2013, at the Gospel Chapel, 1134 C&O Dam Road, Daniels, WV, with Pastor Luke Richmond officiating. Burial will follow in the Phillips Cemetery at Shady Spring. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Evelyn Marie Lewis

For now I am ready to be offered; my time of departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. II Timothy 4: 6-8

Evelyn Marie Lewis, 88, of Prosperity, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ at 1:50 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013 at the home of her daughter Carolyn Williams Daniels of Glen Morgan, where she has resided for five and a half years.

She was born Evelyn Marie Lively on a large farm at Meadow Bridge, W.Va., June 4,1925 to Charles Thomas and little Ellen (Shafer) Lively, who preceded her in death.

She sang “Beautiful Dreamer,” for her graduation from Meadow Bridge High School in June of 1944 and was always so proud that she was the only one in her immediate family to graduate. She married Thomas Edison Lewis, the love of her life, August 18, 1945. They raised four children in the coal fields of Southern West Virginia. She raised her children in church where she taught them by her example. She enjoyed caring for missionaries in her home, feeding and serving them. She was a very giving person who had a great gift of helps and hospitality. She reminds us of the widow of Zarepath in I Kings 17:13-14 because her home and heart was always open to ministers, visitors, relatives and all those in need. It seemed that her jar of oil and barrel of flour never ran out as she trusted the Lord to provide.

She loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren, working in her garden, canning, and planting flowers. She always said that she felt closest to God when she had her hands in the dirt. She enjoyed reading poetry, working cross word puzzles, traveling and attending church.

She was employed by the Goody Shop in Beckley, Beckley Manufacturing Plant, Johnny Dollar Super Market and Krystal Klean Custodial Services where she retired in 1995.

She was of the Pentecostal faith and loved to attend her home church, the Family Worship Center in Beckley as well as visiting other churches, attending camp meetings and tent services.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of thirty six years who passed away October 9, 1981; Mother and Father in-law, Paris and Janetta Gwinn Lewis; one stillborn son, Tommy Lewis; two grandsons, Danny Ray Williams II and Joey Layne; one great grandson, Joshua Lyons; one infant brother, two brothers and their wives, Cecil (Edith) Lively of Texas and Russell (Eva) Lively of Hebron, Ohio; three sisters and their husbands, Ruby Lively, Laura (Robert) Woolwine, Lillie and Raymond Lewis of Ohio, Florence (John) Slayton; brother-in-law, Charlie Harris of Rainelle; two sons-in-law, Danny Ray Williams of Prosperity and Gary Kincaid of Florida.

Those left to cherish her memory are one sister, Madeline Harris of Rainelle; one son Kenneth Lewis (Kathy) of Beckley; three daughters, Brenda Lyons of Prosperity, Carolyn Williams Daniels (John) of Glen Morgan and Diana (Joe) Layne of Prosperity; four grandsons, Michael (Terry) Lyons of Coal City, Kenneth (Rita) Lewis of Tennessee, Kenny (companion Samantha) Lewis of Tennessee, Tommy (Donna) Layne of Princeton, W.Va.; four granddaughters, Dana (Greg) Christian of Peterstown, Diana (Don) Smallwood of Bradley, Lora (Kevin) Paugh of Maryland, Kelly (Ben) Beale of Maryland; one step grandson, Jesse Daniels of Glen Morgan; six great granddaughters; Miranda Lewis, Kimberly Lyons, Emily Smallwood, Josie Lewis, and Ireland Paugh; two step great granddaughters, McKenzie Christian and Cailyn Stover; three great grandsons, Roby Lewis, Levi Paugh and Kane Lewis; two step great grandsons, Blayne Christian and Austin Blankenship; a host of family and friends; her faithful and loving caregiver, Patricia Smith of Blue Jay.

Services celebrating the life of Evelyn Marie Lewis will be held Friday, December 6th at 12 noon at Calvary Assembly of God, 319 Sunset Drive in Beckley. Family visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., friends visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 12 noon. Rev. Patrick Hayes of Tennessee and Hospice Chaplain Delmas Wolfe will officiate. Following the service, Evelyn will be laid to rest beside her husband Thomas Lewis at the Prosperity Cemetery at Prosperity.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and friends.

The Lewis family would like to offer heart felt thanks to the staff at Bowers Hospice House and Gentiva Home Health Care; to special caregiver, Patricia Smith; to special friends, Shearell Thompson for her faithful cards she sent every month and to Rita Pettry for coming to read and talk with our Mother every week; to Chaplain Delmas Wolfe who came to read scripture and pray with Mom; to Dr. Harold Harvey II, Dr. Herbert Oye and Dr. Gomez for their care and guidance.

Flowers can be sent to Calvary Assembly Church of God. Memorial donations may be made to: Bowers Hospice House at 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801 or Raleigh County Humane Society at 325 Grey Flats Road, Beckley, WV 25801.

Private online condolences and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

Arrangements are by  Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Anna Lee Bowyer Lilly

Anna Lee Bowyer Lilly, a resident of the Villages of Greystone, Beaver, died Monday, December 2, 2013, following a brief illness.

She was born on October 1, 1923, at Danese, W.Va., the oldest child and only daughter of the late Leslie L. and Lemma Ann Fink Bowyer. Her only brother, Charles A. Bowyer, preceded her in death on September 30, 2013.

Anna Lee attended Danese Consolidated School through the eighth grade and graduated from Nuttall District High School in 1940. She was a magna cum laude graduate of West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1944, with a major in English and a minor in commerce.

After graduation, Lee moved to Beckley and was a legal secretary for Dave Ashworth.  Following this, she was a secretary in the District VII office of the Department of Public Assistance in the Division of Child Welfare.

Anna Lee met her future husband, Charles Berkley Lilly, her junior year of high school; they rode the same school bus, and he would save her a seat each day. They finished at Nuttall the same year, were at WV Tech together, and after he finished law school, he also moved to Beckley, to begin practicing law. Berkley and Lee were married at the Methodist Church in Montgomery on December 30, 1947, and celebrated their 61st anniversary shortly before Berkley’s death in 2009. Two daughters were born to this union: Ellen Carle and Kerry Lee, and as they grew, their interests, activities and needs became hers. Some of their grade school classmates still talk about the wonderful cookies she made for parties as a homeroom mother.

Berkley and Lee joined [United] Methodist Temple in Beckley in 1950, and continued to be active members throughout their lives. Lee was a member of the Wesley Fellowship Sunday School Class, Foglesong Study Group, Altar Guild, Scouting Committee, and taught kindergarten Sunday School.

Lee loved the Girl Scouts. Although not a Girl Scout as a child, she became an avid and lifelong supporter from the time her daughters became Brownies. Whether helping them work on badges, to sewing them on their uniforms; helping sell and deliver cookies, to making them for their, and their daughters’, Girl Scout ceremonies; financially supporting Mountain Laurel and Black Diamond GS Councils through the years, or enthusiastically celebrating Girl Scouting’s 100th birthday in 2012, Lee truly ‘bled green.’

Another of Anna Lee’s interests was genealogy, and she spent many hours in various county courthouses researching her and Berkley’s ancestors, and sharing the information with many cousins, nieces and nephews. One niece described her as the ‘glue that held the family together,’ as she also worked hard to keep everyone in touch with each other, and enjoyed small and large family get-togethers. If you would ask her what she wanted for Christmas or a birthday, it was always that everyone could be home, go to church and have dinner together. The family had done just that this fall to celebrate her 90th birthday.

Lee was a wonderful cook - Berkley could never get over the fact that most of his friends and colleagues did not have home-made pie for dessert nearly every evening as he did.  Her cookies, though, were the best, and after her granddaughters were born, ‘Nana’ started one of their favorite traditions: Advent cookies, with different shaped cookies for each of them – a yummy way to count the days until Christmas.

She is survived by two daughters, Ellen Lilly File and her husband, Robert, and Kerry L. Mullins, and her husband, Leslie; four granddaughters, Sarah Elizabeth File, and her fiancé, Drew Lineberger, Marjorie A. Mullins Thornton, and her husband, Casey, Lindsay Catherine File, and Laura File Long, and her husband, Dustin; a sister-in-law, Mildred Bowyer, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A service of death and resurrection will be held on Friday, December 6, 2013, at 1 p.m. at United Methodist Temple, 201 Templeview Drive, Beckley, with the Rev. G. Randall Adkins and the Rev. Dr. Charles Pullins officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Friends may gather at the church with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 5th, and on Friday an hour before the service.

Pallbearers will be Leslie Mullins, Robert File, Bill File III, John File, Casey Thornton, Dustin Long, Drew Lineberger, and Jonathan Anderson.

Anna Lee’s last years were made immeasurably more enjoyable by the love and care of several caregivers, particularly Pat Duncan and her husband, Bob. The family would like to thank them and the staff of Greystone for all the special things they did for their mother.

The family suggests that donations of sympathy be made to United Methodist Temple, 201 Templeview Drive, Beckley, WV 25801; the Judge C. Berkley and Lee Lilly Scholarship Fund of the Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main Street, Beckley, WV 25801; or the Girls Scouts of Black Diamond Council, P.O. Box 507, Charleston, WV 25322.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

 Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Ethel Mae Ratliff

QUINWOOD — Mrs. Ethel Mae Ratliff, 81, of Quinwood, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at her home.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, is in charge of the arrangements.

Daniel Lawrence Shawl

Daniel Lawrence Shawl, 70, of Beckley, passed away Monday, December 2, 2013.

Born May 10, 1943 in Emlenton, Pa., he was the son of the late Fredrick and Madeline Eckelbarger Shawl.

Daniel was president of Energy Machinery and a U.S. Army veteran. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Chris Shawl and a brother Wayne Shawl.

Those left to miss and love him include his wife, Millie M. Shawl; daughter, Sue and her husband Eddy; son, Mark and his wife Vicki and grandchildren, Leah, Tyler, Willow, Ava and Haleigh; brother, Bill Shawl; sister-in-law, Vicky Shawl and brother-in-law, Chuck Minnick.

Daniel will be cremated. There will be no service or visitation.

Memorial donations may be made to The American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard St. Alexandria, VA 22311

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Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Elsie Thompson

Elsie Thompson, 87, of Coal City, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion with Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.

Charles Wayne ‘Charlie’ Toney

OCEANA — Mr. Charles Wayne “Charlie” Toney, 73, of Oceana, passed away on Tuesday,  December 3, 2013.

A celebration of his life will be held 7 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2013 at the New Life Church, Jesse, W.Va., with Pastor Jay Morgan officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Charlie’s name to Hospice of Southern WV, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Edna C. VanStavern

HOLLYWOOD — Edna C. VanStavern, 95, of Hollywood, passed away, Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

 Funeral services will be held 12 noon, Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union, with the Rev. Tim Hogan officiating. Burial will follow at the Carmel Cemetery at Gap Mills.

Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union from 11 a.m. until service time.

Arrangements by Groves Funeral Home, Union.

Alfred J. Walker Jr.

LEWISBURG  — Alfred Jones “Al” Walker Jr., 69, passed away Monday, December 2, 2013 at his home in Lewisburg.

Born March 5, 1944, Al was the middle of three children of Alfred Jones Walker Sr. and Elizabeth Hill Walker. He spent most of his younger years in Slab Fork, W.Va. later moving to Beckley and graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School. Al then attended Hampden-Sydney College, graduated from Morris Harvey College and received a Masters Degree in Hospital Administration from the Medical College of Virginia.

In 1974, Al moved to Lewisburg and was employed by Seneca Mental Health. He later held positions as administrator at Greenbrier Clinic, assistant administrator at Plateau Medical Center and program specialist with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources until his retirement in 2009.

Al served as an elder of the Old Stone Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Lewisburg Elks Club and past member of the Greenbrier County Planning Commission. Al found great joy and pride participating in activities such as the Shanghai Parade and the Polar Bear Plunge where he was bestowed lifetime membership.

Al is survived by his wife of 38 years, Ann Hayne Walker and his three children, Mary Ingles Sievers and husband John of Garden City, N.Y., Alfred Jones “Trip” Walker III and wife Ashley of Crozet, Va. and Katherine Caskie Walker of Mt. Airy, N.C. Also surviving are six grandchildren as well as his sister, Katharine Walker Fernback of St. Albans, England.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Palmer Hill Walker.

The service will be held Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Old Stone Presbyterian Church, 100 Church Street Lewisburg with Rev. J. Dexter Taylor officiating. The family will greet friends during the hour before the service and during the reception following the service in the fellowship hall.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Fund c/o Dr. Christopher A. Moskaluk, UVA Health System P.O. Box 800214 Charlottesville, VA 22908-0214 or the Old Stone Presbyterian Church 200 Church Street Lewisburg, W.Va.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Esther Isabell Edwards Zwicharowski

OAK HILL — Esther Isabell Edwards Zwicharowski, 80, of Oak Hill, died on Monday, November 25, 2013 at Hidden Valley Nursing and Rehab Center in Oak Hill.

Born November 1, 1933 at Elmhurst, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Walter L. and Valeda I. Rodney Edwards.

Esther worked over 17 years as a Deli Manager at Giant Food in Maryland where she retired in 2001. She loved baseball, was a very independent person, could build and repair anything, was a wonderful cook, and had a big heart to help others in need.

Esther was married to Louis Zwicharowski who preceded her in death in November of 1983. She was also preceded in death by siblings, Carrie Held, Mary Coughlin, Jennet Scott, Richard Edwards and William Edwards.

Survivors include her children, Thomas Butler and wife, Debbie of Elmhurst, Pa., Cindy Schiller and husband, Scott of Olney, Md., Luann Jeffries and husband, Rick of Oak Hill and Mark Zwicharowski and wife, Carrie of Hagerstown, Md.; sister, Alice Parola of Elmhurst, Pa.; grandchildren, Michele Toy, Jamie Hula and husband, Steve, Brian Schiller, Morgen Ryan and Kyle Zwicharowski; great grandchildren, James and Jacob Toy and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Thomas McClung officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. She will be buried at a later date in Maryland.

The family would like to extend a special heart felt thank you to the staff at The Summit, Mary’s Garden and Hidden Valley in Oak Hill and the employees of Hospice. They treated Esther with dignity and respect as if she was family. We will always be grateful for their kindness.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.